Attending this event

Josh Appignanesi

Josh Appignanesi is the writer/director behind the award-winning religious psychodrama Song of Songs (International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival) and David Baddiel-scripted ethnic comedy The Infidel (Tribeca Film Festival). He followed with his widely acclaimed creative documentary feature The New Man. This year brings the surrealist #MeToo thriller, Female Human Animal (Sheffield Doc/Fest).

Devorah Baum

Devorah Baum, co-director of the The New Man with Josh Appignanesi, is Lecturer in English Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Southampton. She is the author of two forthcoming books, Feeling Jewish (a book for just about anyone) (Yale University Press, 2017) and The Jewish Joke (Profile Books, 2017).  This is her debut film as director.

Jason Solomons

Jason Solomons is one of the UK’s most respected film critics. He’s a journalist, broadcaster and author, over all the major awards, festivals and movie releases for outlets including BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 and Radio 2,.

Jason’s debut book, Woody Allen: Film by Film (Carlton Books) came out to much acclaim in 2015 and includes an exclusive interview with Woody, conducted at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Jason’s series Movie Talk for London Live, has aired in 25 countries around the world. His guest list has included Tim Roth, Marion Cotillard, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Mira Nair, Sir Alan Parker, Viggo Mortensen, Rupert Everett, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Nic Roeg, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Mortimer, Michael Shannon, Geena Davis, Asif Kapadia and John Goodman.

You can hear his entertaining broadcasts on his weekly slot, every Thursday, with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London focusing on London’s film-makers and the city’s world-class movie scene.

Films screening at this event

The New Man

Josh Appignanesi
Devorah Baum
75 min

“Lovely, personal and abjectly honest… Very funny and poignant.”–  The Guardian

“Moving, insightful and beautifully crafted.” – Time Out

London-based fiction director Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel, Song of Songs) turns the camera on himself and his wife, Devorah, as they undergo the ordeal of becoming parents. Faced with fatherhood, Josh spirals comically into an envious career funk. Their relationship is tested to the brink as they confront birth, death, love and loss all at once. An entertaining and moving documentary about becoming a parent… and how to reconceive yourself.